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Prison sentence and fine for rogue trader

Sep 2018 Latest News, Legislation | Comments Off on Prison sentence and fine for rogue trader

A Lanarkshire man has been sentenced to prison after falsely claiming to be NICEIC registered.

The man from Belshill was ordered to spend 11 weeks in prison and fined £675 at Hamilton Sheriff Court recently. He pleaded guilty to running a fraudulent scheme by pretending he was an NICEIC Approved Contractor and authorised to issue NICEIC certificates and reports, which resulted in him obtaining money by fraudulent means. He also claimed he was a SELECT Approved Contractor and a Building Standards Approved Certifier.

The action was taken by the North Lanarkshire Council Trading Standards team following a joint investigation with NICEIC.

Michael McPake, of North Lanarkshire Council, commented: “I am delighted at the success of this case, which shows the continuing diligence of the council’s trading standards staff who pursue criminal enterprises, protecting consumers and the interests of legitimate trade.

“We will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to individuals who rip off residents or businesses within our community.”